A Trillion Trees: Restoring Our Forests by Trusting in Nature (Hardcover)

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The second book I've read in the past month about forests' critical role in fighting climate change covers some new ground. Pearce describes how forests create rainstorms and weather patterns and how world-wide weather patterns will shift if forest destruction continues. He feels hope in the discovery of forest areas that are rewilding themselves. But the authors of both books agree that as long as illegal encroachment runs rampant in forests around the world, climate change will proceed apace.

— Kay Wosewick


"A vivid, important, and inspiring book."-- Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sixth Extinction and Under a White Sky

"Eloquently mulls the ecological dynamics of forests as well as the social, economic, cultural, and political forces that determine their fate."--LA REVIEW OF BOOKS

A powerful book about the decline and recovery of the world's forests--with a provocative argument for their survival.

In A Trillion Trees, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce takes readers on a whirlwind journey through some of the most spectacular forests around the world. Along the way, he charts the extraordinary pace of forest destruction, and explores why some are beginning to recover.

With vivid, observant reporting, Pearce transports readers to the remote cloud forests of Ecuador, the remains of a forest civilization in Nigeria, a mystifying mountain peak in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and the boreal forests of western Canada and the United States, where devastating wildfires are linked to suppressing the natural fire cycles of forests and the maintenance practices of Indigenous peoples.

Throughout the book, Pearce interviews the people who traditionally live in forests. He speaks to Indigenous peoples in western Canada and the United States who are fighting to control their traditional forested lands and manage them according to their traditional practices. He visits and speaks with Nepalese hill dwellers, Kenyan farmers, and West African sawyers who show him that forests are as much human landscapes as they are natural paradises. The lives of humans are now imprinted in forest ecology.

At the heart of Pearce's investigationis a provocative argument: planting more trees isn't the answer to declining forests. If given room and left to their own devices, forests and the people who live in them will fight back to restore their own domain.

About the Author

Fred Pearce is a freelance author and journalist based in the UK who has reported from over sixty countries. He is an environmental consultant for the New Scientist, a contributing writer for publications including the Guardian, Washington Post, and Yale Environment 360, and the author of numerous books, including The Land Grabbers and When the Rivers Run Dry.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781771649407
ISBN-10: 1771649402
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
Pages: 352
Language: English